Gateway Bible Baptist Church
Since 1982   "Where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord!"

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Youth Testimonies

I had surgery on my toe recently and I prayed that God would allow my toe to get better. I wanted it to get better so I could do more stuff than I was able to do. I prayed and prayed and Jesus helped my toe to get better. Jesus answers prayer. - Madison Stone

When I was about nine years old I started going to church. I didn’t really understand what was going on, but I professed to get saved because that was what everyone else was doing. By the time I was eleven years old, I realized I wasn’t really saved. I learned more about God’s word, and I truly accepted Jesus into my life, as my Lord and Savior. There have been times where I have drifted away, but I realized that serving the Lord is the best thing that I could spend time on.  I have been praying for myself and the youth group to grow in the Lord Jesus Christ. - Philicity Gatlin


In 2001 my mom died. I lived in Covington TN and it was not the best place to live. One day I went across the street to see a friend of mine. Later I returned to the house where I found my mom struggling with an asthma attack. She asked me to go get help, but couldn’t get anyone to help. I came back to check on my mom and found her laying on the floor. I went outside and screamed. People came to help, by giving CPR, but it was too late. She died that night in the hospital. It tore me up on the inside.

I started going to church soon after and got saved by trusting in Jesus. At first I was afraid to get saved, but I didn’t  want to end up like my mom and do drugs and drink. I learned by trusting Jesus I wouldn’t want to do those things. Trust in Jesus. - Crystal McCuddy


6 or 7 years ago, my grandfather died. It devastated my family. He died the same day we moved into our new home. His death was one of the worst things that happened to my family, but as the Bible teaches, God always gives in return. As the family started to recover, the Lord gave my aunt a child. God gave us a new life to enjoy with our own. I thank God for my cousin Nicholas Kesner. - Dixon Crofford


Bro. Crofford preached to us about giving our lives to Christ. I realized my need and accepted Jesus Christ. It made a difference in my life. - Zach Joyner


After I got saved at the age of 8, I started having health problems. I was on strong medicines that caused me to have anger problems. As a result I went through counseling. Soon after that time I had a kidney rejection.  I prayed both times that the Lord would help me get through those problems. I can say he answered my prayers and I am blessed to be here. - Thomas Geeting


I got saved at the age of 8 at Gateway. I have been going to Gateway since I was 2 years old. At the age of 10 my family joined the church. Bro. Crofford and Bro. Terry have taught me many things from the Bible since I have been here. I also enjoy doing sign language for the deaf and doing activities with the youth. - Brandy Geeting


My name is Sydney Crofford and here is my testimony. My life is important to me now, because Jesus Christ changed my life, my feelings, and my vision of the world around me. I am eleven years old and have been saved for 3 years. God has helped me through many troubling times and helped me overcome sin in my life. I continue to worship the Lord. - Sydney Crofford


I received Jesus Christ as savior between 8 and 9. In one part in my life my two grandparents died within two weeks of each other. I acted out on these hurt emotions. I started smoking and was angry all the time. One day I almost got hit by a car and helped me wake up.

I started listening to what people were saying about Jesus. I realized I needed him to straighten out my life. I got saved and I am now living a new life. - Marvin


My name is Tessa White. I got saved when I was between 6 or 7 years old. I realized that I needed to get saved so I wouldn’t go to hell. I got saved on a Wednesday night after talking with my dad before going to church. The next Sunday I got baptized.

After getting saved I strayed from God and his word. Bro. Terry helped me to realize that I needed to read my Bible. Now I read it every day. I’m saved and I want to tell the world. My favorite verse is Matthew 24:27. - Tessa White


Hey, my name is Jonathan Henderson and I got saved when I was 15 years old. I got saved a bible youth camp on the last night of the camp because I realized I needed Jesus so I wouldn’t go to hell.

The Lord has always been there for me when I needed him even though I did not deserve it. He was there for me the most when I found crystal meth in my mom’s closet. That hurt really bad. I was determined not to be like that. The Lord has helped me to be a better person than that. Even in the bad time you can trust the Lord to be there for you. - Jonathan Henderson


I started going to Gateway Baptist church for about a year and a half and then I got saved. I got baptized on January 25, 2008 by Bro. Terry.

I started going to church because my life was terrible. My birth mother never took care of me. Now Dana Rocha is my mother. After living with her for a while I started coming to Gateway where I got saved. I glad to be in church because I got saved and my life is better now. - Reyna


Back in 2005 I started going to Gateway Baptist Church. I enjoyed going to church. I had heard through preaching about being saved. I understood and prayed to be saved. Bro. Crofford baptized me. It is truly amazing what God will do for you. - Kayla Fisher


I got saved when I was 12 years old after hearing Bro. Matt preach about salvation. I stayed behind and talked to Bro. Matt and Bro. Terry and accepted Jesus as my savior.

A year later my grandfather died and it devastated me. I gave that burden to the Lord and knew that I would see my grandfather again someday in heaven.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 - Bryce George


My name is Makala and my life is important now. I have now been saved for two months. I gave up cheerleading to be in the Lord’s house. Jesus died for me and that is more important. John 3:16 - Makala Reece


When I was a young boy my brother and I were running around the house and began to think about hell. I recalled hearing my Sunday school teacher talk about Jesus and getting saved. I knew if I didn’t get saved my sins would send me to hell. I stopped what I was doing and asked Jesus to come into my heart.

I have had ups and downs since that time. I always remind myself what the scriptures say, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth thee.” Isaiah 26:3  - Jonathan Vails


When I was 15 years old at Gateway Christian Schools, I felt that there were many things in my life that were too difficult for me to solve without the Lord Jesus Christ. I let the Lord into my heart, to help me with my problems.  

I was saved because of my intense fear of hell and Satan.  Being saved has made me a better person in the eyes of the Lord. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. Because of my love for God I now have a sheep’s heart. I look forward to serving the Lord. - Tevin

My name is Nathan White. My dad told me that God died for me and that I was a sinner. I was scared so my dad lead me to the Lord and I was saved when I was 8 o r 9. I look forward to serving God. - Nathan White


In 1999, my dad almost died. He was two blocks away from putting up his police bike when a truck ran a red light and my dad hit the truck at 60 mph. He spent 44 days in the hospital and 6 months in rehab. Through that process I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour. Now my dad is back in the hospital and I pray every day for him.  

I came to Gateway Christian Schools because it things didn’t work out at my old school. I have made many friends here and I am glad that God allowed me to come here and meet such wonderful friends. I thank God everyday for good friends. - John Weisfeld


When I got saved I was six years old and my grandma lived in the house right next to where I lived. She started talking to me about getting saved and knowing the Lord. I decided to make the decision to ask Jesus into my heart. We went into a room and that is when I got saved.  

I got saved when I realized I knew the difference between right and wrong. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour. I believed He died on the cross to save me from my sins so I could spend eternity in Heaven with Him. God has been good to me and He blesses me  in a lot of ways. I am very thankful to have such a friend as Him. - Jessica Keller

When I was nine I lost my grandfather. He was the one who helped raised me and when he died I thought my whole life was over. I thought that my life couldn’t go on any longer. That’s why I pray every night to God to help me keep my head up. I pray that He guides my life day to day and I really thank God for this. - 
Brittany Thum


I got saved in 1994. I was 6 years old and Frayser Academy Christian Education. My teacher in my class lead me to the Lord. I was baptized the Sunday after October 16, 1994. - Brad Evans


My name is Cecily Crofford. I am 18 years old and far from perfect! I grew up going to Gateway Baptist Church and my granddaddy is the pastor. Though I’ve pretty mush lived a Christian life ever since I can remember, I know that I am a sinner. I thought that I got saved at the age of 9 and believed that for a little while. However in 2007 at the age of 16, I questioned whether or not I was really saved. It was a horrible feeling not knowing for sure that I was saved after all the years that I thought I was. I was convinced. But one night my church had a youth meeting and it was like something was telling me to ask the Lord to save me! I did, and it was like a heavy weight lifted from me and brought tears to my eyes. Now I know for sure that I am saved and going to heaven to be with the Lord! It is an amazing feeling to know that the Lord died on the cross for me, a sinner! The Lord has really blessed my life in so many ways and helped me get through some really hard times in my short teenage life. He gives so much hope and I love being a Christian and living a Christian life. I am still learning to serve the Lord and love every minute of it. There are hard times in the Christian life, but I have learned that Jesus can get you through anything. Everything happens for a reason. - Cecily Crofford


My name is Chelsea Crofford and I am 18 years old. I have been brought up in church all of my life. I asked the Lord to some into my heart and save me from my sins when I was 9 years  old. I was led to the Lord by my granddaddy Dr. Leo Crofford and by my aunt Kim. Ever since then I have been living and standing strong for the Lord Jesus Christ. It gets hard sometimes to believe everything I do when the world is in the shape that it is now (EVIL). It is not that I am having a hard time believing it though. It is other people. Most everyone I have met in life are shocked when they find out how I choose the live life, but in my opinion, they shouldn’t be, because I am only doing what we are put on earth to do. Which is to live for the Lord. My prayer for everyone is to open their eyes and see the  light. God is real and He proves that to me in many different ways in life as a saved Christian. John 3:16 and Psalms 57:7. -Chelsea Crofford


My name is Daniel Freeman from Whiteville, TN. I grew up going to First Baptist of Whiteville where I received and dedicated my life to the Lord Jesus Christ at the age 12. However, as I grew older and seeing the worldly things in the world. I stopped going to church and started doing and going bad places. I started hanging out with the wrong crowd. I started partying, cussing, being destructive and destroying people’s things and property. I was headed down a dark road with no light in sight for about 6 years. One night, me and my so called friends at the time were even shot at and became close to being seriously injured. I even went to jail one night for getting into a fight all because I wasn’t thinking. My temper got the best of me and I was drunk. This and so much more led up to the age of 20 and then I met Chelsea and the Crofford family and Gateway Baptist Church with them. I found myself over the months becoming closer to them and the church and fading away from my dark life and past. I was starting to see the truth thanks to Gateway and the Crofford family. I started wanting to learn more about Jesus Christ and His word. So, I started asking questions and coming to church every chance I could. I talked to whoever I could and whenever I could. Then after a lot of soul searching and thinking I realized my sins of the past and I had to make it right with the Lord and really accept Him as my Saviour and that I was a sinner. So one day I walked down and rededicated my life to Jesus Christ at Gateway Baptist Church. From that day until this very day my life is at peace and content that I am a born again believer. God has blessed my life very much over my entire life, but these past couple of years have been the best of my life and I think that a big reason is because of my parents, the Crofford family, Gateway Baptist Church and most importantly the rededication of my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. - Daniel Freeman


I’ve been going to church since I was little. My grandma always told me about the Lord Jesus Christ, and when I was old enough to understand the Bible I received Him as my Saviour. I was 9 years old when I was saved. When things got rough at home with my family at first I had forgotten that the Lord was ALWAYS there. However, I came back to God, He was there and was the best thing for my life. I have been serving God every since that day. - Paige Knight

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